Power plants at mouth of gas fields to produce 1,000MW
By: Zafar Bhutta
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has made a strong case for installation of power plants at the mouth of gas fields that will lead to production of 1,000 megawatts of electricity, reduce outages and add Rs100 billion to the value of national economy.
Speaking to a meeting of the cabinet on October 31, Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the policy framed for power generation close to gas fields would help increase energy production.
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet has already endorsed the policy. Acute shortage of electricity is said to erase three percentage points off economic growth every year in addition to plaguing the entire energy chain.
“Pumping of gas into pipelines from a new well takes two and a half years, but by developing a power unit close to the well, electricity can be produced immediately,” Abbasi said, adding this initiative would have a positive impact of Rs100 billion on the national economy.
He pointed out that in addition to domestic gas, re-gasified imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) would be consumed for power production.
An estimated 600 million cubic feet of LNG per day (mmcfd) will generate 3,600 megawatts of electricity.
An LNG terminal with a capacity of handling 400 mmcfd is being set up in Karachi on a fast track, which will start functioning in the next
three months. Tender for another 400-mmcfd terminal has been issued and is being pursued vigorously.
Abbasi stressed that the Petroleum Policy 2012 had been implemented after obtaining approval of the Council of Common Interests (CCI).
Under the policy, 44 new exploration agreements have been signed whereas 137 wells have been drilled and in the last 17 months 37 oil
and gas discoveries have been made.
Ginger is a root, which grows
underground and is a common element of our consumption. It
is mostly used to treat problems related to the digestive
system. It is also effective for strengthening your memory.
In fact, it can treat a number of ailments. For instance, it
is very useful for curing flu and cold.
It also provides a remedy for
sore throat. You can use ginger in order to treat
breathlessness. Moreover, it boosts your appetite and treats
many of your digestive problems. Its effectiveness for
various types of diseases is elaborated below.
It is used as a remedy to treat several ailments related to
the digestive system. Moreover, using ginger makes the
digestive system strong. It also cures the loss of appetite.
In order to get rid of pain in the ear, you can prepare a
mixture containing the juice of ginger, honey, salt and
sesame seed oil.
Warm up this mixture a little
bit and pour a few drops in the ear. This will provide you
relief from pain in the ear. The powder of ginger is very
effective for treating influenza and cough. If you are
feeling nauseated, you can use ginger to feel better. Mix
the juice of ginger with juice extracted from an onion.
Drink this mixture in order
to alleviate your nausea. Ginger is a very good remedy for
several throat problems. If you feel your voice has become
hoarse due to a sore throat, take the juice of ginger along
with honey. Flu and cold can also be treated with the help
These were just a few of the benefits of ginger. It provides
a great remedy for many problems associated with the stomach
and the intestines. Therefore, it helps in the digestion of
food and can treat nausea as well as indigestion.
In order to treat back ache, fry a little ginger in oil and
add sugar to it. This remedy can help you get rid of pain in
any part of your body. In the winter season, you can treat
your sore throat, cough, cold and flu by using ginger. Mix
honey with the juice of ginger in order to treat all these
ailments, which you fall prey to during the winters.
Using ginger regularly
imparts heat to your body, which helps you fight the cold
weather. It gives you an overall protection and strength
during the chilly winter months. Moreover, the regular use
of ginger can even cure the patients suffering from
paralysis. Ginger is also extremely beneficial for the
brain. It imparts strength to the brain and cures many
diseases related to it.
Cabbage is a vegetable with round shape and soft light green
in color. The main reason behind its light color unlike
other vegetables is that cabbage is covered with leaves and
is not exposed to direct sunlight. Cabbage is rich in
Vitamin C; it even contains more vitamin C than Oranges.
Vitamin C in cabbage helps in the growth and development of
the body. Apart from vitamin C, It also strengthens the
Apart from vitamin C it also
contains vitamin E which keeps eyes and hairs healthy.
Because cabbage is also a rich source of fiber, it is also
extremely useful for the people suffering from constipation
or any other related diseases. Sulphur in our body helps to
fight against the infections, if your wounds take a lot of
time to heal then it means your body lacks sulphur.
The best source of sulphur is
also cabbage. Cabbage is also rich in iodine, which is a
very helpful element and strengthens the brain and the
nervous system. A research also proved that light cooked raw
cabbage helps to prevent cancer especially prostate, breast
and lung to cancer than thoroughly cooked cabbage and
therefore it is recommended to eat lightly cooked raw
Cabbage in raw or in cooked
form is an excellent choice for anyone who want to lose
weight as it contains low proportion of fats and
carbohydrates in it. It is a full of fiber and has low bad
calories. Cabbage juice is also recommended by doctors to
heal the stomach ulcer.
Though there are some health
benefits of cabbage but there are some drawbacks of eating
cabbage a well. The most important drawback of eating
cabbage is that it doesn’t taste good, you will need to add
something in it to give it a taste but this also kills its
nutrition to some extent.
Cabbage is a favourite
vegetable of some people but it is not good enough to be
added in a daily diet plan. It should be eaten less often.
Whenever you cook cabbage,
don’t forget to add ginger in it as ginger will give it some
taste and will also minimize its acidic affect. The frequent
use of cabbage can cause constipation as well as it can dry
the skin. It also causes flatulence and its excessive
consumption can lead to thyroid problems. However people who
face flatulence after eating cabbage should blanch the
cabbage for five minutes, change the water and then cook it
in fresh water.
This will reduce the chances
of causing flatulence. People who suffer from Goiter (more
common in women) should consult their physician before
eating the cabbage as it contains iodine which is harmful
for people who have related health conditions.
Coriander is a herb which is an important component of many
types of spices. Its seeds are light brown in color, whereas
the coriander leaves are green. It tastes bland, but it
imparts a desirable aroma if it is added to the food.
It is cultivated in the
plains of the province of Punjab in Pakistan, as well as in
Bangladesh. The coriander herb has been in use since
centuries. It is categorized as a vegetable. Coriander is
basically the seed of an aromatic plant. However, the leaves
of the coriander plant are also used along with the
coriander seeds as a spice for food. It has countless
benefits for the health which are mentioned below.
It strengthens the brain as
well as the heart. It can cure fever. It provides strength
to the digestive system and helps cure diarrhea. Coriander
can also alleviate throat pain. It can cure indigestion.
Chemical analysis has revealed that the leaves of coriander
contains certain vitamins, including vitamin C. it also
contains protein. It curbs thirst. It refreshes the brain
and provides overall strength to it. Drinking the juice of
fresh coriander or chewing its seeds can alleviate nausea.
Dry coriander can be used to
stop hiccoughs. It can alleviate the burning sensations
which are sometimes felt in the hands and feet. It also
alleviates the excess internal heat of the body. It is also
effective for the urinary tract. It can help you get rid of
the problem of frequent urination. Coriander is also useful
in the condition where one feels a burning sensation during
urination. Since it has a cooling and refreshing effect, it
helps you enjoy a very peaceful and sound sleep.
Therefore, it can prove to be
effective for people who suffer from insomnia. It can cure
ulcers of the mouth and the tongue. Dry coriander can cure a
sore throat. It is also beneficial for the eyes. It can
relieve the pain of eyes and helps you get rid of the
redness of the eyes.
The nutritional value of
coriander is limited. However, it is an effective and potent
herb. In essence, it has a cooling effect. The leaves of
coriander are used while cooking to impart aroma to the
food. On the other hand, its seeds are used to add flavour
to food. The coriander leaves are also used in salads and to
make spicy sauces. Moreover, it also serves several
medicinal purposes and is, therefore, a component of certain
You can prepare your own
home-made medicine to cure numerous digestive problems. Take
coriander, black pepper and salt. Grind these ingredients
separately and then combine them. This powder is effective
for curing flatulence, indigestion and digestive problems.
Bitter Gourd is a very famous
vegetable, which everyone knows about. As its name implies,
it is a very bitter vegetable. There are two types of bitter
gourd. The first type is known as the wild bitter gourd,
while the other one is the cultivated bitter gourd, which in
turn has two more types. The difference between the wild
bitter guard and the cultivated bitter guard is that the
latter tastes bitter while the former has a desirable taste.
It is usually cooked with
meat or mince. Before cooking it, make sure that you remove
the seeds if they are hard. Moreover, if you want to reduce
its bitterness, you can cut it into small pieces and
marinate it with salt. Put it in sunlight for a while and
then wash it before cooking.
Bitter gourd has a high
nutritional value. It contains minerals, which are very
important for the body. These include iron, calcium and
phosphorus. Moreover, it also contains protein as well as
vitamin B and vitamin C. Therefore, it provides you with
numerous health benefits.
In general, it alleviates
pain and strengthens the nerves. It is also very effective
for curing the pain of joints. Furthermore, it also helps
remove intestinal and stomach parasites. You can also get
rid of sputum by eating bitter gourd.
Bitter gourd grows on a
delicate climbing plant. The fruit of this plant has a
pointed end, while its surface is rough. It is either
greenish or yellowish-green in color. In Pakistan, the
bitter gourd plant is cultivated mostly in the province of
Punjab. However, it also grows in forests on its own. Ripe
bitter gourd is available from the summers until the rainy
season in those countries of the world, which experience.
Therefore, the bitter gourd
itself is dry and warm in essence. It is very effective as a
blood purifier and it helps eliminate toxic waste substances
from the body. Moreover, it maintains the right balance of
minerals in your body. We lose many import minerals when we
sweat. These minerals can be restored to our body if we eat
bitter gourd as it contains these essential minerals.
This vegetable proves to be
beneficial for curing a number of ailments. Following are
some of its benefits for our health. It is good for the
digestive system as it can kill parasites found in the
stomach and the intestines. It is effective during
paralysis. Diabetic patients are recommended to take bitter
gourd regularly as it maintains the blood sugar level and
also purifies the blood. Bitter gourd is also effective for
the people suffering from jaundice. The juice of bitter
gourd is recommended during problems related to the liver.
Carrots are categorized as
vegetables, although they are basically the roots of the
carrot plant. Eating carrots in abundance can provide you
with lots of health benefits. Carrots are eaten both in the
cooked form as well as in the raw form. You can gain a
number of health benefits and can treat several ailments.
Carrots have a high
nutritional value as they contain many vital nutrients. In
fact, they contain the highest amount of nutrients as
compared to all other vegetables. The nutrients which it
contains include iron, phosphorus, calcium, proteins,
glucose, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin H and vitamin E. it
contains a well-balanced amount of nutrients. You must be
aware of the world famous adage “an apple a day keeps the
The same goes for carrots as
they are considered to be the “apple” for the poor people
who cannot afford to buy apples which are an expensive
fruit. On the other hand, carrots are affordable. Carrots
cause you to urinate frequently, thereby helping you get rid
of the toxic waste substances from the body. It also helps
one get rid of kidney stones, which disintegrate and are
washed out of the body due to the frequent urination.
Carrots are very good for the liver. They provide energy and
strength to the body. Carrots are very effective for the
They strengthen the sight
since they are a good source of vitamin A, which is an
important vitamin for the eyes. It helps in the digestion of
food and prevents indigestion and numerous other digestive
problems. Carrots are extremely effective for heart patients
as well. Carrots maintain an appropriate balance of minerals
in the body. Eating carrots improves and boosts the
appetite. They are helpful for regulating the menstrual
cycle of women. Carrots can act as a natural sunscreen by
making your skin less vulnerable to the harmful ultraviolet
rays of the sun.
They help cure cold and flu.
Carrots are a great source of fiber, which helps in the
digestion of food and also helps you deal with problems
related to weight gain and obesity. Since carrots contain
the perfect combination of minerals and vitamins including
vitamin A and vitamin E, they are great for the skin. Eating
carrots can improve the complexion and make the skin smooth
and radiant, imparting a glow to it. Moreover, carrots
contain a high water content which keeps the skin hydrated.
Carrots can be eaten in many forms.
You can cook the carrots to
make a dessert or you can eat them raw. The juice of carrots
is also a healthy as well as tasty drink. Carrots are also
used in pickles and in main course meals as well.
Black pepper has bundle of
benefits and plays an active role in making our body
healthy. Black Pepper is not just a spice but it also works
as an anti-biotic or a natural vaccine, protecting our body
from some obnoxious diseases. Black Pepper makes digestive
system proper and increases appetite. It controls Lungs
diseases and also aborts stomach and muscles weakness. With
its strong beneficial power, it relieves from fever and
A severe kind of chronic
cough can be controlled if Black Pepper powder is used with
honey. Its effects are hot so the patients of Hepatitis and
high Blood pressure must not use it. Black Pepper is also
useful in cholera that often brings people to death. So, it
is undoubtedly true to call it a small thing with huge
Potatoes are an excessively
used vegetable in the world. This is the only vegetable that
keeps too much nutrition’s even if eaten after boiling
simply. Potatoes reduces the weakness of our body and makes
it powerfully strong. In spite of having lots of benefits,
Potatoes also have some abuses, as too much use of potato
disturbs our digestive system.
Potatoes also cause mucus so
it must be consumed by adding some spices, it would help in
the excretion of mucus. If some paste of it is used on burnt
skin then there would be no pemphigoid afterwards. To sum up
it can be stated that this vegetable is unique with the
blend of plus and negative points.
Cucumber can be used to
enhance your beauty naturally. The water content of cucumber
is 96 percent, which contributes towards providing moisture
to you. It keeps the body hydrated. Therefore, cucumber
should be used abundantly during the summer season. Cucumber
can make the body feel cool and refreshed. Cucumber tastes
delicious. So, it is used all over the world for making a
number of tasty dishes. For instance, cucumber is used to
make cold soup in Turkey.
It is also used as a
garnishing ingredient in salads. In the United Kingdom,
people often enjoy eating a cucumber sandwich with tea.
There are around a hundred
various types of cucumber found all over the world.
Two-thirds of the world’s cultivated cucumber is used for
cooking and in salads. On the other hand, the rest of it is
used to make sauces and pickles.
Peeling off the skin of
cucumber prior to cooking depends entirely on the choice of
every individual. However, if you cook it without peeling
off the skin, your food will be crispier and more
Similarly, removing its seeds
is up to you. If the seeds are too hard, then they should be
removed. Usually, people eat cucumber in its raw form. It is
a great addition to salads. You can cut it in various forms,
such as in the form of round slices or long and cylindrical
pieces. Cucumber contains a high amount of minerals. It is
the one of the best remedies used to cure digestive
problems. Moreover, due to its high fiber and water content,
it can be used to cure constipation.
Cucumber can be regarded as
your skin’s best friend! In order to use cucumber to enhance
your beauty, you can use any of the following tips. Shred a
cucumber and apply it to your face, eyes and neck for 15 to
20 minutes. This will prove to be the best tonic for your
skin. Mix cucumber juice, lemon juice and rose water
together. Apply this mixture to your face in order to get
rid of a dull complexion and oiliness. It will also make
your skin glow.
Take equal amounts of
cucumber juice and milk. Add a few drops of rose water.
Apply this mixture to your face. It is good for a sensitive
skin. Your skin will become soft and radiant. It is stamped
as famous and delicious vegetable, which is rare but largely
known due to its uses. Chukandar or Beetroot is mostly found
in western countries. It belongs to the family of Turnip and
Spinach. Glucose, protein, iron, vitamin A, H, C, B are its
basic components, which make it a very useful vegetable. We
use it in salad after boiling but it is found largely in
Europe and is used as a source of sugar.
It is cooked as vegetable and
is red in color. Beetroot gives any to any dish a specified
reddish color that looks elegant and one thing is believed
that beautiful garnishing of food is a plus point in
increasing appetite. So it can be said that Beetroot is more
than a vegetable. Hazrat Um-ul-Manzar (a.s) said that one
day (Prophet Peace be upon him) came to her house with
At that time a few bunches of
dates were hanging in their house so we served both of them
with dates, both were hesitating and denying to have these
so Prophet said to Ali that you must eat these because you
just recovered from a disease and feel weak. Then I cooked
bread and beetroot gravy so the Prophet advised his
companion to have this because according to Prophet it was
beneficial for him.
This advice to Ali was
completely authenticated by medical science later on. If we
look at the composition of beetroot we can observe a very
important aspect of this that it contains natural sugar and
starch called ‘Nashasta’ in Urdu which after entering into
the body turns into glucose and helps to overcome the
weaknesses. Beetroot is a famous and delicious vegetable,
which is produced in small quantities, but it has its fame
for the unique set of benefits it provides.
This beneficial vegetable
mostly grows in western regions of the world. Beetroot
belongs to the family of spinach. Half of its part grows
beneath earth and the remaining above earth or soil. This is
used as a vegetable but it is also used for the production
of sugar as it has a huge amount of sugar stored in it. The
sugar obtained from this vegetable is not as much better as
the sugar obtained from sugarcane but still people like to
use beetroot’s sugar. In our country, it is usually used as
salad after boiling or as it is. It is also used as the
vegetable to make gravies.
As it has red color so if you
want to beautify any dish and adds some beetroot in it, it
can change the whole dish into red color. It softens the
chest veins and pipes. This is termed as a healer because it
has the elements like glucose, protein, iron and vitamin A,
H, C and B.
Okra is a vegetable that is
also known as Bhindi in Urdu and Bamia in Arabic. This
specific kind of vegetable is not only delicious in eating
but contains so many uses as a medicine. Okra is enriched
with Calcium, vitamin A and C. Okra is cooked by deep frying
with green chili and tomato and can also be made with
addition of chicken that enhances its deliciousness.
Okra effects hot if used in
curry but if its seed is used in making some medicine, its
effects remain no hotter. Okra is not easily digest able
vegetable, so the people suffering from stomach diseases
should not use its curry without making an addition of
ginger. So we use maximum vegetables in our daily food
instead of meat.